Condoleezza Rice is currently the director of the Hoover Institution, the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a professor of political science at Stanford University. From 2005 to 2009, She served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African-American woman to serve as the country’s chief diplomat. Earlier she had served as President George W. Bush’s national security advisor, the first woman to hold the position. An eastern and central European expert, she held various foreign policy posts under President George H.W. Bush.
Secretary Rice has been on the political science faculty at Stanford University since 1981 and served a six-year tenure as provost from 1993 to 1999. Upon leaving government in 2009, she returned to teaching and research at Stanford. She was named director of the Hoover Institution in 2020, where she is also the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy. In addition to her award-winning teaching, she is a founding partner of Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel, an international strategic consulting firm, and also serves on the boards of Dropbox, C3 and Makena Capital. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she has authored and co-authored numerous books, including three bestsellers. She also sits on numerous nonprofit boards, including the George W. Bush Institute, the Commonwealth Club, the Aspen Institute, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. The recipient of eleven honorary degrees, she has appeared four times on TIME magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people, one of only nine people in the world to have made the list so frequently.